NEDA forum to focus on climate change, agriculture policy

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will hold a policy discussion on the effects of climate change on the country’s agriculture sector and its impact on economic growth. (READ: How can the Philippines have a booming agricultural sector)

The high-level policy form and research symposium will be held on September 18-19, 2015 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

“Through these avenues, we would like to address the country’s need for careful empirical assessment on the effects of climate change on the agriculture sector. In this way, we can recommend the appropriate and evidence-based policies and reforms and seek support for their proper implementation,” said Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.  

The key findings and recommendations of the collaborative research project on “Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in the Philippine Agriculture Sector” will also be presented at the event.

The results of the component studies will then be compiled in a book titled The Future of Philippine Agriculture: Scenarios, Policies, Investments under Climate Change.

The event will kickoff with a high-level policy forum in the morning of September 18, 2015 featuring senior officials from the Office of Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Department of Agriculture, Climate Change Commission, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The forum will be followed by a research symposium that will take place  September 19.

The symposium will showcase the results of the component studies. Officials of other government agencies and development partners working on agriculture and climate change are invited to participate. 

For more information about the upcoming event, please visit the NEDA, IFPRI and CCAFS websites. – Rappler.com